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Taking the next faithful steps

Taking steps against racism

The road to a just society in America stretches before us. Bishop David Bard encourages all to take faithful steps in working against racism, while walking the road with Christ. 

Email scam impersonates Bishop Bard

email scam

Another email scam has been reported using a fake email address for Bishop David Bard. Do not respond to the phishing scam. Report to Google and/or delete.

4 weeks downstream, still suffering

Assessing four weeks aid

Many, many more weeks of relief and recovery are ahead in mid-Michigan after May 19th flooding caused significant damage in over 1000 households across five counties. Here’s an eye-witness account.

Conference called to antiracist action

Antiracist witness at Detroit Central UMC

The Cabinet and the Board of Justice, leaders in The Michigan Conference, offer witness and resources to help local churches prepare for persistent antiracist action in communities across the state.

More resources to assist reopening

Cass City reopening for worship

Michigan Conference leaders offer additional resources for making important decisions around reopening. These include discerning the comfort level of your congregation and ways to share sacraments.

US churches practice caution in reopening

Clean up before reopening

United Methodist bishops in the U.S., including Bishop David Bard of Michigan, are setting guidelines for appropriate ways for reopening churches in their conferences.

Begin in-person gatherings with care

Reopen with masks and other precautions

Bishop David Bard encourages United Methodist churches in Michigan to use guidelines provided by the Michigan Conference as they prepare to re-open for in-person activities.

Prophets, pastors, politics, & pandemics

Jesus had a heart for justice and politics

In this month’s Joyful Journey blog, Bishop David Bard, with heart broken open, talks about the appropriate place of politics in our decision making about coronavirus and actions against racism.

Speaking in new tongues at Pentecost

The Holy Spirit at Pentecost

Bishop David Bard reflects on the coronavirus pandemic and catastrophic flooding in this Pentecost message to the Michigan Conference.

Bishop responds to call by President

Bishop respond to the recommendation of the Presdent to closed churches. en churches.

Bishop David Bard encourages local churches to seek the latest public health guidance in determining when to re-open safely. This in response to the recommendation by the President to open this weekend.

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